There's so much to do at High Ridge, you might never want to leave the grounds. But should you feel the urge, there's heaps to do just minutes away, and plenty of Big Days Out.

Below are just a small selection of the things to do, see, eat and drink. If you need any more ideas, pop along to our Pinterest page.


This is Walking Country. Here are some walks you can do directly from your door, or a very short drive away.

  • The Roaches One of the Peak District's most notable walks. Take a stroll directly from High Ridge for some spectacular views. You can see High Ridge from here! Our favourite walk is along the Roaches to Doxey Pool... about 8 miles. It's almost impossible not to get a great photograph from here to impress your friends on social media.
  • Dane Valley Way A few minutes away from High Ridge, the Dane Valley Way starts in Buxton and runs for 50 miles to Northwich. You don't have to walk it all, but at least take a stroll along the lovely River Dane to 3 Shire Heads where Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire converge. If you're feeling brave you can take a dip in Pannier's pool.
  • Shutlingsloe Known by some as the Matterhorn of Cheshire. Although to be frank, that's probably by people who haven't seen the Matterhorn. It is lovely though, and will give your legs a fair workout. We suggest a short drive to Macclesfield Forest as your base camp for the summit.
  • Rudyard Lake So lovely that Mr and Mrs Kipling named their son after it. Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel, entertained crowds by demonstrating his swimming here. As well as a stroll around the lake you can take a ride on the delightful miniature steam railway.

Fancy striking out just a little further? No problem... you're in the Peak District after all. Big Walks are what it's all about.

  • Goyt Valley One of our favourite places, and a real hidden gem. Easy flat walking, sparkling water, quiet tracks, birds, sheep, flowers. Just don't tell too many people, or they'll all want to be here.
  • Winnats Pass Starting from the ever-popular Castleton, why not walk up Cave Dale, past Peveril Castle, pop up to the top of Mam Tor, then back to Castleton for some Blue John shopping and a cup of tea (or something stronger). Another of our absolute favourites.
  • Monsal Trail "The Monsal Trail is a traffic free route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through some of the Peak District's most spectacular limestone dales." Don't take our word for it; that's a quote from the Peak District official web site.
  • Kinder Scout The Grand-daddy of them all. This is where it all started with the mass trespass of 1932. If you don't want to actually walk to the summit, there's plenty of walks around it.


Fun for kids of all ages.

  • Go Ape Exhilarating outdoor adventure in Buxton. From zip wires, to super-springy trampoline nets in the trees, to off-road Segways, they have an adventure for everyone.
  • Alton Towers Just 40 minutes drive away, it's the ultimate Big Day Out with the kids. From rollercoasters and rides to gardens and golf, there's something for everyone of all ages.
  • Cycling Pootle along the flat and friendly Manifold Track or Monsal Trail, or off-road it if that's your bag. There's plenty of cycle hire available, or we have secure storage and washing facilities if you prefer to bring your own steed.
  • Churnet Valley Railway Prefer something a bit more sedate? How about a cream tea on a steam train, or even having a go at driving a locomotive? Quintessentially British.

Stately homes

Perhaps Sir or Madam would prefer a little more culture and refinement? Not a problem, we have plenty of class up here.

  • Chatsworth House A historic stately home, fabulous gardens, lots of stuff for the kids. An unforgettable day out that really should be on your "must do" list.
  • Lyme Park Regency splendour with a great art collection and exhibits. Good one for the dogs; there's 1400 acres of deer park for them to explore.
  • Biddulph Grange One for the plant lovers. Here you'll find an impressive collection of plants and trees from all over the world.
  • Little Moreton Hall Dress like a Tudor, follow a trail, find out more about the building or have a go at stained glass window making.


Because sometimes you just want to go out and let someone else worry about the cooking and washing-up.

  • The Lazy Trout Passionate about fresh food and local ales. A great gastropub with spectacular views. Booking not essential but highly advisable.
  • The Ship The "local". Fine ales set in the heart of the pretty Wincle village.
  • Pabna Award-winning Indian food to eat in, pick up, or have delivered here! The usual favourites and some very special dishes.
  • George's Tradition Lovely hot fish and chips from a traditional chippie. Close enough to bring back to the barn and still be hot.